In the Labyrinth of Drakes: A Memoir by Lady Trent (Book 4)
By Marie Brennan
“Lady Trent’s discoveries in Akhia are the stuff of romantic legend, catapulting her from scholarly obscurity to worldwide fame. The details of her personal life during that time are hardly less private, having provided fodder for gossips in several countries. But, as is so often the case in the career of this illustrious woman, the public story is far from complete. In this, the fourth volume of her memoirs, the Lady Trent relates how she acquired her position with the Scirling Royal Army; how foreign saboteurs imperiled both her work and her well-being; and how her determined pursuit of knowledge took her into the deepest reaches of the Labyrinth of Drakes, where the chance action of a dragon set the stage for her greatest achievement yet.”
So I finished Voyage of the Basilisk a few days ago, starting reading another book which has just come out (thinking I might finish that and review it in time for April 4th (when In the Labyrinth of Drakes was due to be published)), when I found out the In the Labyrinth of Drakes was out early! I went and bought it the next day and started reading it immediately!
Isabella and Tom are hired by the Scirling Royal Army to breed Desert Drakes in Qurrat, Ahkia. Of course, they cannot just sit in Qurrat with the drakes that are in the cages, they have to go into the desert to see what conditions they prefer and how desert drakes live in the wild. This, naturally, does not come without perils including the heat and troublesome neighbouring tribes. We also find out how Isabella becomes Lady Trent and a character from a previous book comes back… In the Labyrinth of Drakes is the fourth in ‘A Memoir of Lady Trent’ series, you do not need to have read the previous three volumes, but you may find it helpful.
Oh my gosh! This book is incredible, so much packed in, some lose ends tied up from previous books, still leaves quite a bit to do in the final book, but I loved it! I squealed and would probably have jumped around the room if I had not have been lying in bed at one point (Matt looked over at me very confused as I squealed and was very giddy, I had to explain what had happened in the book without ruining it). I had so many favourite parts, from when they saw the Desert Drakes eating, to quite a few parts in the second half (not saying anything). I flew through In the Labyrinth of Drakes in about 48 hours, if I could have I would have sat down and read it in one sitting! It completely gripped me from start to finish and it totally kept me guessing on what was going to happen next. Every type of scene was written perfectly, whether a scene that was fast paced or slow paced they were all fantastic.
All the characters are so realistic, they draw you into the story, I love the Aritat (the nomads that Isabella and Tom stay with) they remind me of the Berber that I met in Morocco. Isabella and Tom are now joint favourites, even though you follow Isabella and obviously hear more about her, Tom is now joint with her. The character that has come back from a previous book has developed a lot and I love them, potentially another joint favourite.
In the Labyrinth of Drakes does end on a cliff-hanger, this is because Lady Trent will continue her story with book five (currently unnamed and no release date). Edit (03/05): Just seen that book five is called Within the Sanctuary of Wings and is due out April 25th 2017.
I thought that In the Labyrinth of Drakes was incredible, the first half set up the story brilliantly, and then the second half went further and better. A fantastic continuation and I cannot wait until book five is released whenever that is… I cannot find any fault with it and would recommend it to anyone. 5 out of 5.